The government has started evaluating the extent of the damage caused by ongoing floods across the country, and said it is preparing a stockpile of seeds that will be distributed among affected farmers.
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Teams made up of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture are now in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey, in the northwest, and Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong and Kampong Speu, in the south, collecting information on the aftermath of the floods, which have been caused by heavy downpours throughout the county and the collapse of a dam in neighbouring Lao.
“We are now waiting to hear the reports from the inspection teams, but we have already stockpiled seeds that will be given to affected farmers,” Hean Vanhan, director of the General Directorate of Agriculture, said.
The final results of the mission will be made available in upcoming days, said Mr Vanhan, adding that preliminary reports indicate that the scale of the damage so far is not as big as it was initially feared.
The teams sent out by the ministry are also educating farmers on how to replant their fields once the land dries up, Mr Vanhan added.
Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said floods caused by downpours since July 17 have so far affected people in Phnom Penh, Kampot, Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kep, and Battambang.
In total, 9,214 hectares of paddy fields have been inundated.